Our history

It was back in 2011, OSM was introduced in Bangladesh. A working group was formed led by a group of students from Bangladesh University of Engineering Technology (BUET) to kick-start the platform. Some of them later became inactive, gradually. But a small active group of volunteers was working to make it a success in Bangladesh, and the participation was growing slowly. Later in the year of 2013, The World Bank, Bangladesh (GFDRR, WSP), revived the initiative. The World Bank GIS and Data Management Consultant, Mr. Ahasanul Hoque pioneered it. This was likely to mean a change in the pace of progress for the OSM Platform in Bangladesh. Some formal training sessions were introduced and the community did some good bit of works by mapping the old part of Dhaka city.

However, it was from 2015 the community found the spark it was thriving for!

In January 2015, the OSMBD community started to collaborate with HOT & MissingMaps project of mapping Kamrangircha & Hazaribagh, two of the dense populated urban slum area of Dhaka city. That was the moment from when the community started making the vibe. More and more people were introduced to the platform. Formal training sessions at educational institutes, different development organization, Government organizations along with informal mapping parties were organized. The trainings were facilitated by OSMBD community led by Mr. Ahasanul Hoque.

In last two eventful years, the community collaborated with the organizations like Asia Foundation, Stanford Geo spatial Center, Save the Children in Bangladesh, American Red Cross, Y Care, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, Dhaka WASA, FAO and Asian Development Bank (ADB) in their projects relating OSM Platform.

With the aim of bringing all the awesome works done in various sectors under the same wing, different enthusiastic and expert individuals from a variety of backgrounds joined together to build this organization.

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Connecting open data to sustainability

Open geo-spatial data for all. Ensuring and sustaining
open geo-spatial data and ecosystem in Bangladesh.

The Transformation
Our history

OpenStreetMap was introduced in Bangladesh in 2011. A working group was formed led by a group of students from Bangladesh University of Engineering Technology (BUET) to kick-start the platform. Some of them later became inactive, gradually. But a small active group of volunteers was working to make it a success in Bangladesh, and the participation was growing slowly. Later in the year of 2013, The World Bank...

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Our mission
Building an open data ecosystem by integrating the OpenStreetMap platform, open geo-spatial data, non-geo-spatial data, open government and non-government data produced by different government and non-government agencies.
Our community
A continuously evolving, vibrant community, comprised of passionate people aiming towards the establishment of a sustainable open data ecosystem.
Our approach
Solving real world problems through the proper utilization of open data on the OpenStreetMap platform, while building partnership with like-minded orgnizations and communities all over the world at the same time.
Our strength
A diversified community, individual expertise in various relevant areas, blended with technological approach and multidirectional relationships with different organizations both home and abroad.
The Navigators
Executive profiles
Arif Hossain
Director
Ahasanul Hoque
Executive Director
Atikuzzaman Limon
Director
Jatan Saha
Director
Shahadat Hossain
Director
Tasauf A Baki Billah
Director
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Past events
13
Aug
  • 02:30 PM - 05:30 PM
  • Banani, Dhaka
3
Jun
  • 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
  • Boomers Cafe, Dhanmondi, Dhaka
29
Apr
  • 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
  • All Community Club, Gulshan 2, Dhaka
Nav-Talks
Blog posts
Integration of OSM based participatory mapping into LoGIC Project...

LoGIC (Local Government Initiative for Climate Change) is a multi-donor collaborative initiative of GoB, UNDP, UNCDF, EU and SIDA, aims to enhance the capacity of vulnerable communities, Local Government Institutions (LGI) and...

Happy Birthday OpenStreetMap

OpenStreetMap is 14 today! We’ve been partying in various locations around the world: Hyderbad, New Delhi, Moscow, Kigoma, Rapperswil, London, Washington DC, Denver, and Seattle. If you missed the birthday party, don’t worry. Our community is lively with events happening all the time...

Fixing Multipolygons for the Renderer

Just thought I would re-iterate something imagico blogged about. Some important features may have disappeared from the map near you. You should check! Use the OSMInspector "Areas" view:...